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Urban Threads Studio, NFP's Fundraiser:

Textile Art for Urban Youth

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Urban Threads Studio, NFP


Dear Friends,

Over the past year, Urban Threads Studio has taken its place as Chicago’s community textile art center. Our first year was marked by solid growth and an unbelievable generosity from our community. We secured a beautiful studio at the Bridgeport Art Center where we house 10 sewing machines, a Shannon Tapestry Loom, and loads of colorful fabrics and textile art supplies. In November, our Brews and Bargains was such a successful first fundraiser that we secured the studio rent for one full year.

We are proud to report that our textile arts programs continue to develop, improve, and reach more youth. We have instructed more than 200 individuals at our studio and more than 100 youth at schools and youth organizations. Requests for youth after-school arts classes continue to increase. Next semester alone we have six schools interested in our programming. Each week we bring exciting classes to students in Chicagoland and fulfill our mission of Textile Arts for All. Our open house on the third Friday of each month continues to peak curiosity, drawing people in to discover the fun and fantastic benefits of creating textile art. Classes such as Sewing 101, Nuno Felting, Shibori, Knitting, Marbling, Block Printing, Bookbinding, Project Sewing, Screen Printing, and Temari Embroidery continue to delight our students. Most validating of all, our classes receive 100% positive reviews on Dabble. (Dabble is an online platform that helps bring learning, arts, and new experiences to the general public.) 

Thanks to the generosity and support of the community in 2013, we are ready to kick off the New Year! To truly take UTS to the next level and sustain it in 2014, we need your help.

Urban Threads Studio is growing because of you. Each gift we receive allows us to better serve our diverse community. Thanks to your contributions, we can reach children and families who may not be able to afford classes otherwise. Arts education has been proven to close the achievement gap,  improve academic performance, and contribute to personal development. The arts-instruction classes at the studio are completely self-supporting; however, our service to schools and youth organizations is dependent on the generous support made by donors like you and the public.

In 2014 we hope to expand both our studio classes (adding quilting, crochet, embroidery, and weaving) and our youth programs. In order to do so we need your support.

Please make a gift today for affordable, high-quality textile arts education for youth in Chicago. A gift of $150 enables us to provide 10 weeks of an after-school arts class for one child, and a gift of $50 replenishes our supplies fund, which includes items such as wool for our youth felting projects and fabrics and paints for our teen quilt program. Through a generous anonymous donor at Goodcity Chicago, all contributions received by December 31st, 2013 will be matched by 100% up to $2,500. Your donation will have twice the impact.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making us a priority in your giving, and we look forward to continuing working with you toward Textile Arts for All.


Ilona Mestril 

Executive Director


To This Fundraiser


  • Carol Cohn & Michael Rheinheimer


  • Eva Schuchardt



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Donor Comments

Eva Schuchardt

Eva Schuchardt


4 years ago

Carol Cohn & Michael Rheinheimer

Carol Cohn & Michael Rheinheimer


4 years ago